Our Overland Park Vet Clinic Answers Your Flea and Tick Treatment Questions
If your beloved pet is vulnerable to flea/tick infestations, you may be at a loss as to how to deal with the problem. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions from our vet team at Nall Hills Animal Hospital.
- When does "flea and tick season" normally occur? Fleas and ticks like to become active and breed whenever temperatures are relatively warm. But it's worth noting that indoor pets may cultivate fleas and ticks all year round in your climate-controlled home.
- What diseases can fleas transfer to my pet? Fleas can transfer cat scratch disease, bubonic plague and a blood disease called haemobartonellosis. Tapeworms can also be transferred through a flea bite, causing a parasitic infestation.
- What diseases can ticks transfer to my pet? Ticks are infamous for transferring such disease as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, haemobartonellosis, ehrlichiosis and many other diseases.
- Are flea and tick bites causing my pet's skin lesions? Flea and tick bites can cause allergic dermatitis, an itchy inflammation of the skin, in sensitive animals. If your pet licks, bites or chews the itchy spot too insistently, he may create an open wound, adding the risk of bacterial infection.
- Can animals really die from a flea infestation? In some cases, an extreme flea infestation can overpower a baby animal, a senior pet or a pet already weak from illness. The blood loss can produce severe anemia or even death.
- How should I deal with a flea or tick infestation? Contact your Overland Park veterinarian for advice on what kind of flea treatment product to use on your pet, making sure that your pet shampoo can be safely used with it. Ticks can be removed with tweezers, taking care to remove the entire creature (including the head). If your pet is also suffering from skin lesions or other distress, bring him to our vet clinic for evaluation and treatment.
- How can your vet clinic help prevent flea and tick problems for my pet? Our vet clinic offers a variety of different preventative medications that can protect against fleas and ticks -- and sometimes other invaders as well, such as mites and heartworm. These medications, which may take the form of chewable tablets, collars or topical ointments, need to be administered on a regular basis to provide contact protection.
- Is one type of pest preventative better than another? Different types of pest preventatives have their own advantages and disadvantages. If your pet has an allergic reaction to a flea collar, for instance, we may recommend oral drugs instead. If your busy lifestyle makes it harder for your to administer frequent dosages, we can point you toward the longer-lasting preventatives.
Get More Answers From Your Overland Park Veterinarian
Call our Overland Park veterinarians, Dr. Teeter, Dr. Goodyear and Dr. Minor, at (913) 341-8836 to set up pest prevention for your pet. We've got the answers to your flea and tick problem!